Why paper books are better than ebooks

I have to admit, I’m not completely surprised that research is starting to show that the content of paper books is more easily recalled than the same content on an e-reader.  The big difference is that the paper books provides a physical, tactile experience that is largely absent from the digital medium.

This recent article from the Guardian gives a thought-provoking summation of some of the scientific findings pointing to the importance of paper books for learning.

I recently shared a few thoughts on my vimeo channel on the wonderful durability of paper.


Of course, predicting the future is a fool’s game, but I can’t help but think that the enthusiastic cheering of the technophile crowd may well be premature, and we may yet find that the “classroom of the future” will continue to embrace those ancient treasures of the past, rather than cast them aside in favor of blind automation.




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